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Greg Olsen | Tight End | #88

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 255
College: Miami (FL)
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (31) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Greg Olsen is "committed" to playing football for the Panthers in 2018.
Olsen spent Friday auditioning to become an ESPN analyst, but RapSheet insists Olsen is only doing so in preparation for "life after football," which might come in 2019 but reportedly won't this year. Losing Olsen would have been devastating for a Panthers passing game that is short on proven weaponry beyond Devin Funchess. Carolina needs to add more pass-catching help in the draft. Mar 16 - 2:27 PM

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The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports Greg Olsen is auditioning Friday to be an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast.

It would leave the Panthers in a bind at tight end, but they had to know this day is at least coming soon. Olsen turned 33 earlier this week and is coming off an injury-marred 2017 due to a broken foot. Olsen already has experience in the broadcast booth after working for FOX during the Panthers' bye week last season. The Panthers have flirted with free agent TE Eric Ebron.
Mar 16 - 11:07 AM

ESPN's David Newton expects the Panthers to select a tight end in the draft.

Greg Olsen was limited to seven games last season because of a foot injury, but it was the first time he failed to play all 16 since his rookie season in 2007. That said, he is 33 (in March) and entering the final year of his deal. If the Panthers are wary of signing him to a big, long-term extension, they could look to bring in a rookie this year in preparation for Olsen leaving in 2019. Even if Olsen sticks around, finding a developmental option for the No. 2 role makes sense, especially with Ed Dickson headed to free agency.
Source: ESPN
Feb 26 - 9:56 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) doesn’t need offseason surgery.

Olsen had multiple setbacks during the 2017 season but won’t require any follow-up procedures. He should be fully healthy for the start of OTAs. Entering a contract year, the Panthers may look to extend Olsen before training camp.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 9:31 AM

Greg Olsen hauled in 8-of-12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Wild Card loss to the Saints.

Even playing on a bum foot, Olsen did all he could in this game, leading the team in receiving and starting the comeback with a 14-yard score in the fourth quarter. That aforementioned foot is, unfortunately, the story of his season as it cost Olsen nine games and limited him even after he returned. Including this performance, he showed signs of being the same weapon down the stretch, however, and the Panthers will likely look at extending him this offseason -- 2018 is currently scheduled to be his contract year.
Jan 7 - 8:42 PM

Greg Olsen managed just one catch for 10 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Panthers' Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

This year ended Greg Olsen’s streak of three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. A broken foot limited Olsen to a career-low seven games in 2017. Even when he played Olsen wasn’t much help to fantasy owners, clearing 30 yards on just one occasion with his lone touchdown coming in Week 15. Olsen and the Panthers will begin their playoff run next week against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 3-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Panthers' Week 16 win over the Bucs.

The six targets were a team-high on a day Cam Newton attempted just 25 passes. Olsen will be back on the TE1 map next Sunday against the Falcons.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Greg Olsen caught 9-of-12 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' Week 15 win over the Packers.

Olsen more than doubled his season totals across the board, finally welcoming himself to 2017. Olsen was left literally wide open more than once, including on his 30-yard touchdown. The Packers blitzed, left no safety help in the secondary and Olsen waltzed into the painted area. Olsen looked spry, seeming to be his usual self. He was not a "step slower," so to speak. He could stay hot for the fantasy finals in a mouthwatering matchup with the Bucs.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:44:00 PM

Greg Olsen played 59-of-64 (92 percent) snaps Week 14 against the Vikings.

Olsen briefly left after getting his surgically-repaired foot rolled up, but he only ended up missing a few snaps. The snap share is good to see, but Olsen was only targeted once in the win and did not come down with the pass. Coach Ron Rivera said after the game Olsen's "role will expand," but it will be tough to trust him as a starting option in the fantasy semifinals.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 09:11:00 AM

Greg Olsen was held without a catch on one target in the Panthers' Week 14 win over the Vikings.

Cam Newton attempted just 25 passes, completing 13, so there wasn't all that much to go around. Olsen still didn't look right in his return from a foot issue. He had to leave in the first half and missed one drive while he was limping and getting his foot re-taped on the sideline. Olsen is impossible to trust as a fantasy playoffs starter next week against the Packers at home.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:47:00 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) is active for Week 14 against the Vikings.

He was listed questionable but was never in danger of sitting. Olsen has a tough matchup but is on the back end of the TE1 map. Inactive for Carolina are QB Garrett Gilbert, CB Ladarius Gunter, FB Alex Armah, LB Shaq Thompson, OL Amini Silatolu, C Tyler Larsen, and DE Zach Moore.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 11:43:00 AM

Greg Olsen (questionable, foot) is expected to play Week 14 against the Vikings.

Ryan Kalil (neck) is also expected to play. Olsen is good to go after sitting out last week's game as a precautionary measure. The possibility of an in-game setback makes Olsen a risky fantasy bet, though with tight end looking extremely thin this week, he's worth a shot in most formats.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 07:58:00 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) is questionable for Week 14 against the Vikings.

Olsen sat out last week's game as a precaution but was a full go at practice this week and should be all set for Sunday. It's not an ideal matchup and there is the risk of Olsen suffering another in-game setback, but at a thin fantasy position, he should be starting in most formats.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Greg Olsen (foot) is practicing on Thursday.

Olsen got in a full practice on Wednesday and will play against the Vikings barring a setback. Still, he is a risky fantasy option in a tough matchup.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 11:36:00 AM

Greg Olsen (foot) is practicing in full for Week 14 against the Vikings.

Olsen aggravated his surgically-repaired foot Week 12 against the Jets and sat out Week 13 against the Saints. He's back and expected to play against the Vikings, though it's an ultra-tough matchup from a fantasy standpoint. In a bit of good news, coach Ron Rivera said Olsen won't be limited Sunday.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 02:19:00 PM

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QB1Cam Newton
2Garrett Gilbert
RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
3Cameron Artis-Payne
GLB1Christian McCaffrey
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3RB1Christian McCaffrey
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Alex Armah
WR11Devin Funchess
2Russell Shepard
3Jarius Wright
4Damiere Byrd
5Fred Ross
6Rasheed Bailey
WR21Torrey Smith
2Curtis Samuel
3Mose Frazier
4Austin Duke
5Jamaal Jones
WR31Jarius Wright
2Curtis Samuel
TE1Greg Olsen
2Chris Manhertz
3Evan Baylis
4Kent Taylor
LT1Matt Kalil
2Blaine Clausell
LG1Greg Van Roten
2Dorian Johnson
C1Ryan Kalil
2Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Zach Banner
RT1Daryl Williams
2Taylor Moton
K1Graham Gano